A Subtle Re-Alignment
The content of this site is going to shift slightly. Instead of a shotgun approach to content, the writing is going to focus on the business of freelancing, and design business in general.
This site has evolved over the years from trying-to-be-everything-to-everyone to being nothing-in-particular-for-no-one-in-particular. Yes, it’s a design site — a blog even, though the frequency of posting would make the casual reader think otherwise — but the content has always taken a shotgun approach. I write about whatever tickles my fancy this week, from web development to freelance to Textpattern to recent home purchases. In other words, I have historically written for myself.
Unfortunately, this process does not always agree with my readers. If the number of comments an article receives is any indication of its popularity or usefulness, than my mad scribblings about web development are about as useful as a snow cone in Siberia. What’s interesting is that the number of comments almost always coincides with the number of times an article gets linked to externally, reinforcing a particular piece’s relevancy to the greater blogodome. It’s anecdotal evidence at best, but it’s a consistent trend.
So I am channeling my writing efforts to you, gentle audience. I am not an authority on CSS and general web development (though I can sling style sheets with the best of them), accessibility, browsers or software. There are hundreds out there more knowledgeable and dedicated to me on these topics. I know because I read their sites and put their ideas into practice.
Instead, I would like to focus graphicPUSH on business. Specifically, the business of being a freelancer, and the design business in general. I have already written extensively on this topic, but there is a lot to be said, and there is a lot of information that people want to know that is simply not available on the web. I know of very few designers (print, web or multimedia) that do not freelance on the side, and they are always looking for advice, tips and resources on how to get the most out of their business. graphicPUSH will seek to be that resource.
One caveat: I will continue to write about Textpattern. Because it is the best CMS software I have used, and the structure can be somewhat daunting (even for experienced users), I am going to continue to write about techniques and strategies for getting the most out of a TXP install.
I would be curious to hear any comments from the general readership about this soft transition. I truly feel it is the right decision. I want graphicPUSH to be known for something, to have a niche besides just being totally sweet.